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Virtual Planner Master Class is the place for top meeting and event planners to learn about cutting edge industry topics and some of Chicagoland’s best venues and vendors. Cap off this virtual event specifically for planners with a virtual happy hour!

Now you can earn CMP CEU Credits at Planner Master Class, this class is offering credit for Risk Management


Tuesday, July 14, 2020
3:00 -5:30 pm CT


Broadcasted Live from The Old Post Office

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This virtual edition of the Planner Master Class series will feature an informative presentation on virtual and hybrid event solutions, 6 virtual roundtable discussions, plus updates from our event partners. We’ll cap off this interactive event with a virtual happy hour over zoom.

Ateema Media & Marketing has been approved by the Events Industry Council (EIC) as a Preferred Provider of the below-listed continuing education courses, which courses qualify for CMP continuing education credit.   Determination of continuing education credit eligibility or Preferred Provider status does not imply EIC’s endorsement or assessment of education quality.

Benefits of Attending:

  • Learn about solutions to host virtual and hybrid events with The Old Post Office, Blue Plate Catering, & Convene
  • Learn from and connect with new venues & vendors
  • Network with fellow planners & industry professionals through 6 round table discussions
  • Receive 0.5 Continuing Education Credit for their CMP certification/re-certification in Domain C: Risk Management
  • Enjoy a virtual happy hour

Educational Sessions:

  • Hybrid Meeting Solutions: Learn how to pivot your next meeting to a hybrid setting using state-of-the-art A/V technology at The Old Post Office.
  • Virtual and Hybrid Presentations: Learn about Convene’s new virtual and hybrid solutions for events moving beyond COVID-19.
  • 6 Planner Roundtable Discussions: During the virtual Planner Master Class, we will rotate between 6 different virtual breakout rooms to discuss timely event topics, share ideas and resources, and build your network of planners and event partners.

Discussion Topics:

  • Contactless, Yet Welcoming Meetings and Events
  • How to Incorporate Technology to Safely Connect in a Virtual World
  • Catering Trends Post COVID-19: Virtual and Hybrid Solutions
  • New Event Design Techniques and Strategies to Keep Stakeholders Safe
  • Procurement Trends and Safety Measures for Stakeholders’ Safety
  • Ideas for Building Attendee & Sponsor Value in Virtual Events
  • and more!

Educational Sessions and Speakers

Your Guide to Going Live: Solutions for Virtual & Hybrid Events

COVID-19 has caused our industry to pivot – to make sensible event decisions to postpone, go virtual or cancel, to reconsider content and session formats to ensure a compelling attendee experience, and to offer corporate partners new ways to connect with audiences. In this new world, it’s not about surviving – it’s about thriving! This two-hour dynamic workshop (plus a virtual happy hour!!) will inform, inspire and engage you in the latest trends with online events, best practices, and new ideas for revenue generation and partnerships.

Presented by:

David Saef

Senior Vice President of Strategy


David is a leader of our strategic advisory practice to association executives, event organizers and corporate marketers. As associations lead, David has directed engagements to develop multiyear event and association strategies that transform experiences and deliver business results. Prior to Freeman, David led the GES Global Strategy team from 2007 to 2018. Through his leadership, GES Strategy launched new strategic planning, audience research and acquisition, experience design, portfolio planning, event audits, sponsorship strategy and activation, measurement and event intelligence services focused on membership organizations and associations. From 2007-2013, David led Strategy & Marketing as well as planning and acquisitions for GES. Prior to this, he spent seven years with L.E.K. Consulting in the firm’s London and Chicago offices. David serves as an executive board member at BPA Worldwide, a nonprofit auditor of media circulation, events and sustainability practices. He is a frequent industry speaker at IAEE, PCMA Convening Leaders, Exhibitor Live, HCEA, IMEX and Large Show Roundtable. David earned an MBA from The Wharton School and an M.A. of International Studies from the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his B.A. in Russian and Soviet studies from Harvard College.


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Kick-off our Virtual Planner Master Class with Tim O’Malley, CEO of Ateema Media & Marketing.

Learn about solutions to hosting your next virtual or hybrid event with The Old Post Office and Convene. Each business will provide a 10-minute overview of their venue and digital solutions for hosting hybrid and virtual events moving beyond COVID-19.

Hear updates and timely information from our event partners to stay on top of industry knowledge and trends.

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Grab a glass and join us for a virtual happy hour after the virtual master class

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Sponsorship Availabilities

Would you be interested in presenting your event offerings to a vetted list of local meeting and event planners? Contact Sam@Ateema.com for more information on sponsorship, content, and event opportunities.

Want to showcase your business at PlannerPalooza?

Tell us a little more about you and your business and a member of our sales team will reach out to you directly to provide more information about PlannerPalooza and other opportunities to connect with Meeting & Event Planners.

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Is Planner Master Class right for you?

For Planners

If you can say ‘yes’ to at least one of the following, you are qualified to attend:

  • You hold the title of meeting or event planner or the like
  • Your role requires you to plan or assist with at least three events per year
  • You have an annual event budget of $15,000 or more

Your registration is subject to review by Ateema Media & Marketing prior to attendance.

For Businesses

  • Does your business have special or private event space you need to fill?
  • Have you lost revenue due to COVD-19?
  • Would it help your business to present your offerings to 100+ local meeting and event planners

If you answered yes to the questions above, contact VP of Media, Sam Krause at Sam@Ateema.com to learn how to get your business involved.


Supporting Sponsors - Illinois Holocaust Museum

Past Events

  • March 27, 2019 – Chicago Planner Master Class – Chicago Architecture Center
  • June 25, 2019 – Chicago Planner Master Class – Fremont
  • September 18, 2019 – Chicago Planner Master Class – Barton G 
  • September 24, 2019 – Chicago Planner Master Class – Bub City Rosemont

  • November 13, 2019 – Chicago Planner Master Class – PlannerPalooza!
  • March 4, 2020 – San Francisco Planner Master Class – Aquarium of the Bay
  • April 14, 2020 – Virtual Planner Master Class – Global Meetings Industry Day  

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